Headline, June 28, 2021
Headline, June 28, 2021
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Monday, June 28, 2021


Round-up of important news from major Korean dailies and from international media today


The Korea Post (http://www.koreapost.com/)

PPP leader Lee Jun-seok proposes a "policy contest," following a debate battle

Lee Jun-seok, head of the main opposition People Power Party (PPP), said on June 26 that he wants to hold a policy contest ahead of the Presidential election slated for March 9, 2022. PPP leader Lee made the remarks on his Facebook page, saying, "The debate battle to select our party’s spokespersons is the first start." Lee wrote, "If we seek good policies through a public contest in all areas, such as housing, environment, labor, jobs, and industrial promotion, we may find a right answer to social problems from not just a few professors who often come to the National Assembly in Yeouido, Seoul, but perhaps young graduate students who study hard." "Or someone's idea of making a realistic proposal based on their own experience outside of school may be the answer," he added. Lee stressed, "It will be the role of political parties not only to select good policies and steal their ideas but also to support the planners later so that they can play a role in realizing them at the government or Cheong Wa Dae."


Yoon Seok-yeol, Choi Jae-hyung, Kim Dong-yeon likely to join the Presidential race soon

Following former Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-yeol, key Presidential candidates of the opposition circles -- Choi Jae-hyung, the chairman of Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI), and Kim Dong-yeon, the former deputy prime minister for economic affairs – are imminent in announcing their bids for the Presidential race. Lee Joon-seok, chairman of the People Power Party (PPP), is stepping up pressure on them outside the party to join the PPP by announcing the start of the August primary. According to political circles on June 25, Choi is expected to step down from his post as the BAI head for the Presidential election. "Choi will talk about his resignation next week," Choi's aide told a news media in a telephone interview, adding, "His challenge for President will be the next step.” hoi is scheduled to meet his father, reserved Navy Colonel Choi Young-sup, over the weekend to announce his intention to run for President.


Let’s talk about hope.

If there had been no 'hope' at the bottom of the Pandora's box in Greek mythology, I think our lives today would have been markedly different. The meaning of this myth is that the trivial actions of a woman (Pandora) who was full of curiosity without restraint caused a huge wave of repercussions and divided the fate of human. Related to this, we can imagine two cases. One is when Pandora restrains her curiosity and does not open the box at all, and the other is when she closes the Pandora's box lately after opened it, exposing the “hope” at the bottom to the world. If the Pandora's box had not been opened, all the seeds of unhappiness in it, such as hatred, jealousy, anger, war, cruelty, poverty, hunger, disease, aging, and suffering, would not be ejected into human society, so that humans could feel happiness and live forever. For example, there would be no today's COVID-19 pandemic, and there would be no slaughter wars.




KBS (http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/)

New Social Distancing System to Begin Thursday, Seoul Metro Area under Level 2

Starting Thursday, the greater Seoul area will be under Level Two and other areas will be under Level One in the new four-tier social distancing system. The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters on Sunday unveiled the new system that will replace the current five-tier scheme.


Under the new guidelines that will take effect on July 1, restaurants and cafes in Seoul, Gyeonggi Province and Incheon can operate until midnight, two hours later than the current 10 p.m., while bars and other nightlife facilities will be allowed to resume business. The ceiling on private gatherings in the capital region will also be lifted to six people for a two-week trial basis before it is eventually expanded to eight people. There will be no limit for private gatherings under the new Level One, but major cities and provinces will allow private gatherings of up to eight people until July 14 before removing the limit.


S. Korea's Average Daily COVID-19 Cases Rise by More Than 10% Last Week

The average number of new COVID-19 cases per day in South Korea increased by more than ten percent last week from a week earlier, as the nation is set to introduce a new social distancing system with eased curbs. According to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters on Sunday, the nation reported an average of 491-point-six new cases a day last week, up 47 or ten-point-six percent from a week earlier. The average daily number of new infections among people aged over 60, however, decreased by ten to 67-point-one from a week earlier, thanks to the ongoing vaccination program. The country's virus reproduction rate slightly rose to point-99 last week, compared to point-88 the previous week.


Presidential Secretary Offers Resignation over Alleged Property Speculation

The presidential secretary for anti-corruption, Kim Gi-pyo, has offered to resign following allegations of real estate speculation involving multimillion dollar loans. Presidential secretary for public communication Park Soo-hyun said on Sunday that President Moon Jae-in immediately accepted Kim’s resignation. Park said in a press briefing that Kim expressed his views that, although he did not acquire the real estate for the purpose of speculation, he should no longer be a burden to state affairs given the public's expectations of a public servant's ethical and social responsibilities. Kim's resignation comes about three months after his appointment to the post. Kim reported to the government in a recent declaration of personal assets that he owns real estate worth nine-point-12 billion won while having financial liabilities of five-point-62 billion won.




Yonhap (http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr)

Gyeonggi Gov. Lee to declare presidential bid this week: aide

Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung is expected to announce his presidential bid this week, joining the race to pick the ruling Democratic Party's standard-bearer for next year's election, a close aide said Sunday. Lee is to declare his bid for presidency on Thursday after completing the registration as a preliminary candidate with the DP, according to Rep. Park Hong-geun, one of his close aides. Lee, who is currently leading polls among potential candidates in the ruling bloc, will be the latest to declare his official bid for presidency. So far, six people have expressed intentions to run for president, including Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun, Gangwon Province Gov. Choi Moon-soon and Rep. Park Yong-jin. On Friday, the DP decided to pick its presidential candidate for the election in March as scheduled by Sept. 10. Some had demanded the process be postponed until November partly due to worries that the event could not garner sufficient public attention amid the coronavirus pandemic.


Minister vows to act 'more quickly' for resumption of dialogue with N. Korea

Unification Minister Lee In-young on Sunday vowed to act "more quickly" to resume dialogue with North Korea while calling on Pyongyang to flexibly respond to offers for talks. Lee made the remarks during an event to mark the end of the ministry-organized "Unification Walk" campaign where dozens of participants walked together for 13 days along the border in the hope of the reunification of the two Koreas. It was the first of 10 rounds of such walks planned this year, and Lee earlier joined the walk for a few days. "It has been about two years since the dialogue between the South and the North, and the North and the U.S. came to a halt, along with the walk toward peace," Lee told the participants during the event held in Paju, north of Seoul. "The government will move more quickly to restore communications channels and resume dialogue at an early date," he added. "I hope that North Korea will also respond with more flexible wisdom."


S. Korean firms donate millions of dollars to Vietnam's vaccine fund

South Korean companies operating in Vietnam have donated millions of dollars to help the Southeast Asian nation procure coronavirus vaccines, officials in Hanoi said Sunday. Samsung Electronics Co. reportedly donated about 2.8 billion won (US$2.48 million) to the central and provincial governments in Vietnam earlier this month, with some 480 million won provided to Bac Ninh Province. Vietnam is the largest smartphone production base for Samsung, the world's leading smartphone vendor. Following Samsung, SK Group, South Korea's third-largest conglomerate, also donated $1 million to the Vietnamese government last week. Vietnamese Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long thanked the companies for their support to Vietnam's national vaccine fund that will be used for the procurement, research and development of COVID-19 vaccines, South Korean Embassy officials said. LG Electronics Inc., which runs home appliance plants, handed over 1.55 billion won to the provincial government of Hai Phong, while food and entertainment giant CJ Group donated 320 million won. Shinhan Bank provided 290 million won to Vietnam's COVID-19 vaccine fund.




The Korea Herald (http://www.koreaherald.com)

Korea too undervaccinated to withstand delta variant’

A major theme of Korea’s health policies for the second pandemic summer is “a return of normal life.”

Political leaders and health officials promised this summer will be “closer to normal” -- business will reopen fully and people will be able to mingle more and wear masks less often. Korea may be treading a risky path with its rush to get back to normal as the delta variant -- called “the most able and fastest and fittest” of all COVID-19 variants by the World Health Organization -- takes over as the dominant strain, says Dr. Paik Soon-young, professor emeritus at Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine’s department of microbiology. Since its first sighting here two months ago, delta is already responsible for at least three community outbreaks in Korea. Among more than 90 countries affected by delta is the UK, whose first-dose vaccination rate is where Korea wants to be in September, at nearly 70 percent.


New cases in 600s for 3rd day as eased distancing rules set to run from July

South Korea's daily new coronavirus cases stayed in the 600s for the third straight day Friday due to sporadic cluster infections as the country is set to implement eased social distancing rules starting next month. The country reported 634 new cases, including 602 local infections, raising the total caseload to 153,789, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said. Cluster infections involving churches, restaurants, education facilities and hospitals continue to take place across the country, raising concerns that eased distancing rules and potential spread of the new coronavirus variants may trigger further infections. The country added one COVID-19 death, raising the death toll to 2,009. The fatality rate came to 1.31 percent.


Former ruling party leader Lee calls for soft power diplomacy

Rep. Lee Nak-yon, a former Democratic Party leader and presidential hopeful, said Tuesday South Korea should aim for “soft power diplomacy” in line with a global paradigm shift for peace and creativity. The paradigm of the world order and development has been changing since the post-cold war era,” Lee said in his keynote speech of an international conference on international order. The scope of the territory, the size of the population and military power are becoming less meaningful,” Lee said, adding that instead, demand for creativity has grown. The world is moving toward the age of soft power, and this requires high-tech skills, cultural content and an inclusive capacity to share the fruits of development.” South Korea’s new diplomacy should aim for national development and fulfill its responsibility to the international community as a soft power.



The Korea Times (http://www.koreatimes.co.kr)

Firms urged to play balancing act over China's anti-foreign sanctions law

A sweeping new law recently passed in Beijing to counter foreign sanctions is causing Korean businesses operating in both the United States and China to engage in a greater balancing act amid the intensifying trade conflict between the two world powers. Effective immediately after its passage, June 10, the Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law targets those involved in designing or implementing U.S. and EU sanctions. Blacklisted individuals or entities will be subject to denial of entry to China, deportation, seizure of properties and bans on commercial transactions with Chinese institutions. Under these circumstances, Korean companies could be caught in the crossfire as the Joe Biden Administration is committed to forming distinctively anti-China supply chains jointly with allies, according to analysts.


Korea lifts bank dividend cap

Domestic banks and financial holding companies will be allowed to pay unlimited interim dividends starting next month, after the Financial Services Commission (FSC) announced Thursday it was lifting its 20 percent dividend cap that it "advised" them to follow throughout the first half of the year. "We suggested that banks and their holding companies take into account the fact that uncertainties about the COVID-19 pandemic have yet to be resolved completely, although they are allowed to make autonomous decisions on their dividend payouts," the FSC said in a statement. "They were advised to consider setting their dividend payout ratios at pre-pandemic levels." However, it clarified that it will not impose any penalties on those that do not follow the advice. In January, the financial authorities "recommended" banks and financial holding companies here, including internet-only and foreign banks, to keep their dividend ratios to below 20 percent to bolster their financial soundness amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the Financial Supervisory Service's stress test for assessing resilience and stability of the financial system, all of them were virtually forced to reduce the size of their dividends.


'Korean-style basic income system needed'

Jeju Governor Won Hee-ryong said the old should cooperate with the young in tackling the issues of deepening inequality among the younger generations, in order to build an equal and inclusive society. His remarks came during an online discussion session held Monday with Nobel Prize-winning economist Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee on inequality issues in Korea and the importance of public education and social welfare systems in addressing such problems. The session came ahead of the 16th Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity, scheduled to be held from June 24 to 26 on the southern island of Jeju by the Jeju Peace Institute. The discussion kicked off with Banerjee's lecture on his book "Good Economics for Hard Times," co-written with Esther Duflo. He viewed that Korea, like many other countries, has encountered increasing inequality, with the COVID-19 pandemic crisis exacerbating the gap between rich and poor. He pointed out trade and automation, which have displaced many low-skilled workers, as the two main factors of deepening inequality.




Chosun Ilbo (http://english.chosun.com)
More Delta Variant Cases Found in Korea

A total of 190 cases of the Delta or Indian coronavirus variant have been found in Korea so far. That is still a small number compared to other countries, but the variant is more contagious than earlier strains and could spread fast because of the glacial pace of vaccination here. Cases of the new variant have been found in 92 countries and those of the even more infectious Delta Plus variant in 10 countries. The variant spread so quickly in the U.K. that the number of new coronavirus cases, which had dropped to about 1,000 per day, jumped to nearly 20,000. Some 41 cases of the Delta Plus strain have also been found there. Travelers are being checked on arrival at Incheon International Airport on Thursday.


BOK Hints at Interest Hike This Year

Bank of Korea Governor Lee Ju-yeol on Thursday sent the clearest signal yet that an interest rate hike is imminent. Lee told reporters that the current base rate of 0.5 percent is the result of "unprecedented" cuts due to the coronavirus pandemic and added, "It's reasonable to normalize the present expansionary fiscal policy at an appropriate time within this year." "I think we need to think about the timing and speed of the process by considering the economic situation, inflation and level of financial imbalance," he added. Last month, the BOK's monetary policy committee already hinted at a rate hike within this year and Lee's latest comment make it quasi-official. He defended the decision by saying, "At this point, raising the base rate once or twice would still be considered moderate." Lee explained that interest rates need to go back to normal because household debt has soared to a record W1.77 quadrillion and a bubble has formed in both real estate and stock prices (US$1=W1,133).


Ex-Chief Prosecutor to Announce Presidential Bid

Maverick former Prosecutor-General Yoon Seok-youl will declare his presidential bid on June 29, three months after he resigned amid massive pressure from the government that appointed him in the first place. Senior members of the main opposition People Power Party, such as former lawmaker Yoo Seong-min and Jeju Governor Won Hee-ryong, are also expected to announce their presidential bids soon. Other potential hopefuls include Choe Jae-hyeong, the chairman of the Board of Audit and Inspection, and Kim Dong-yeon, a former finance minister. Meanwhile, independent lawmaker Hong Joon-pyo returned to the PPP fold on Thursday, a year and three months after he left the party in protest against its decision to disqualify him from running in the general election. The PPP leadership committee agreed in a unanimous decision to accept Hong's return Thursday.




HanKyoReh Shinmun (http://english.hani.co.kr)
Moon makes "final offer" for peace in Time interview

South Korean President Moon Jae-in told American news magazine Time that he doesn’t have much time left to promote the cause of peace on the Korean Peninsula. The peace we have right now is a very fragile one; it can be shaken at any time,” Moon told the magazine in a video interview. Moon is making various overtures to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, such as by offering assistance with COVID-19 vaccination. But with these comments, he seemed to be expressing his concern that the danger of war could return after his presidency ends in less than a year. That might, after all, be Moon’s true legacy — the grim realization that if he couldn’t fix things, perhaps nobody can,” Time said. Moon’s previous interview with Time took place four years ago, in May 2017. The title that appeared on that earlier cover was “The Negotiator,” but the title on the cover released online on June 24 was “Final Offer.”


Lee Jae-myung leads poll for presidential hopefuls

Popular support for former Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl as a candidate in next year’s presidential election fell by four percentage points in the space of a week. Analysts are attributing the slide to controversy surrounding a so-called “X-file” containing allegations connected to Yoon.

From Monday to Wednesday, a national barometer survey on the suitability of potential presidential candidates was performed on 1,006 voters nationwide by Embrain Public, KSTAT Research, Korea Research International, and Hankook Research. The results — which had a confidence level of 95% and a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points — showed Yoon with 20% support, putting him second place within the margin of error behind Gyeonggi Gov. Lee Jae-myung (27%). A survey a week earlier had Yoon hot on Lee’s heels by a margin of 24% to 25%. The latest results showed Yoon slipping by four percentage points and Lee gaining two percentage points, widening the gap between them to seven points.


Remembering fallen veterans

Kim Hyo-gun, a cadet in the Korean army’s Reserve Officers Training Corps, cleans the gravestone of a soldier killed in the Korean War at the national cemetery in Seoul on Thursday, one day before the 71st anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War. He was volunteering with friends involved in an academic group focusing on North Korea and unification. Kim, whose great-grandfather died in the Korean War, said he plans to visit his great-grandfather’s grave at the cemetery after his volunteer work is done.



The Dong-A Ilbo (http://english.donga.com/)

Japan’s imperial household minister comes under fire for his comments

Since Japanese Imperial Household Minister Yasuhiko Nishimura said on Thursday that Japanese Emperor Naruhito showed COVID-19 concerns due to the Tokyo Olympic Games, he has still been at the center of controversy. The emperor has a commanding presence in Japan and the controversial comment by the emperor may be interpreted as political engagement, which is prohibited by the Japanese Constitution. Being an honorary president of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Emperor Naruhito will declare the opening of the Olympics at the opening ceremony on July 23. The opposition argues that the emperor’s comment itself was an inappropriate act. Japanese Communist Party’s chairman Kazuo Shii said on Friday, “The Japanese Emperor is not allowed to engage politically according to the Constitution.


Ruling party presidential candidates engage in disaster relief fund debate

As the government and the ruling party, which are promoting the second revised supplementary budget, are having a tug-of-war over the range of the disaster relief fund, the battle is becoming even more heated with presidential candidates from the ruling party joined the controversy. It is interpreted as the beginning of full-fledged “policy competition” along with the nomination race. The opening shot was fired by former Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun. “We cannot throw out the disaster relief fund unconditionally before reaching herd immunity,” he said on his Facebook account on the Saturday morning. “Giving money to the top 1 percent is populism swamped by political logics rather than economics.”  


People’s Party leader visits late ex-president’s village

Lee Jun-seok, the new leader of the main opposition People’s Party, visited the village of Bongha in Gimhae, South Gyeongsang Province on Friday. After paying respect at the late President Roh Moo-hyun’s grave, Lee met with Roh’s wife, Kwon Yang-suk, and pledged that he will not use talking down of former President Roh as political means. Watchers interpret Lee’s visit to Bongha Village after his visit to the Jeolla provinces ahead of next year’s presidential election as part of his strategy to increase his party’s support base by including progressive as well as moderate groups. The practice of attacking the late president for political reasons should disappear now. I have come to humbly reflect on the practice of failing to keep manners amid partisan strife,” Lee said while meeting with Kwon for about 40 minutes on the day. “We will introduce into our party and develop the late President Roh’s simple mindedness and communications with people, the values that he sought to establish.”




TheKyungHyangShinmun (http://english.khan.co.kr/)
Supreme Court Recognizes Conscientious Objector Based on Specific Evidence of “Genuine Conscientious Objection”

On June 24, the Supreme Court recognized a conscientious objector who was not a believer of Jehovah’s Witnesses for the first time. The latest ruling is significant for it broadened the scope of “genuine conscientious objection” to other religious beliefs, pacifism and feminism. In 2018, the Supreme Court grand bench recognized conscientious objectors, but only over 800 believers of Jehovah’s Witnesses have been acquitted so far. The key issue was whether someone not a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses who refused to enlist in the military based on his beliefs, such as personal principles for nonviolence, principles against war, and feminism, could be recognized as having “justifiable grounds” to evade military service stipulated in Paragraph 1, Article 88 of the Military Service Act. Jeong (34), argued that refusing to enlist in the military according to his beliefs for nonviolence and pacifism as a member of a Christian sect, a sexual minority and a queer feminist was “justifiable grounds.”


Jeremy Rifkin, “The Earth Only Has a Razor Blade-Thin Amount of Time Left”

Domestic and international climate and environment experts including former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, who received the Nobel Peace Prize for informing the world of the dangers of climate change, all spoke in one voice calling for South Korea to be more aggressive in its response to climate change, including efforts to reduce carbon emissions. On June 23, the 2021 Kyunghyang Forum was held on the theme, “Living with the Climate Crisis: The Path to Survival” at Lotte Hotel in Jung-gu, Seoul. In his keynote address, Gore mentioned the need for rich countries to aid developing nations and to help phase out carbon emissions in exchange for their use of fossil fuels. He also said that world leaders were heading in the right direction and that South Korea was also displaying very important leadership. The former vice president claimed that many countries in the world were looking at South Korea as a model and emphasized that many countries including South Korea should exhibit leadership in phasing out carbon emissions.


Ruling and Opposition Parties Point Fingers at Each Other: Tossing the “Yoon Seok-youl X-Files” Before They Explode

The controversy over the “Yoon Seok-youl X-files” between ruling and opposition politicians is turning out to be more and more interesting. Former Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl and the People Power Party argued that the X-files was a political maneuver and an illegal investigation by the ruling party. This angered the ruling Democratic Party of Korea, which cited the opposition including independent lawmaker Hong Joon-pyo as the source of the problem. At the same time, the ruling party mentioned the verification of Yoon Seok-youl as a presidential candidate and heightened its attacks. The People Power Party fought back accusing the ruling party of engaging in “an outdated politics of propaganda,” and now the nation’s political circle is bubbling with the X-file controversy. Democratic Party leader Song Young-gil appeared on TBS radio on June 23 and asked, “Shouldn’t it (verification of a candidate) be more extensive than the investigation of the wife and family of former Minister Cho Kuk (conducted by Yoon)?” The ruling party leader also said, “The verification of the ‘president’s spouse,’ who will have a legal status and receive state support, is no less important than that of the president.”




Maeil Business News Korea (http://www.pulsenews.co.kr/)

Hot arrivals of SD Biosensor, Krafton may further heat up Kospi market in July

July initial public offerings (IPO) pipeline from South Korea is hot with Covid-19 test kit developer SD Biosensor and game developer Krafton joining the main bourse Kospi. SD Biosensor prices its 8,294,800 shares on July 5 after institutional book-building in a desired band of 45,000 ($40) to 52,000 won before public subscription on June 8-9. Its IPO scheme was scaled down from 1.3 trillion won ($1.15 billion) to 647 billion won ($573 million) after adjustment of pricing band from a 66,000-85,000 won and scale of 10,368,600 shares. The company’s estimated market capital would reach up to 5.28 trillion won after its listing. Its debut could pale as it is followed up by blockbuster Krafton whose value could near 30 trillion won upon landing on the Kospi. The IPO is estimated at 5.6 trillion won when priced at the top end of the 450,800-557,000 band to beat the 2010 record-setting Samsung Insurance IPO of 4.89 trillion won.


Kospi market cap expands $53.1 bn in June, driven by Kakao and Naver rally

A summer rally has pushed Korea’s benchmark Kospi to new threshold of 3,300 on Friday, led by rivaling platform stocks Kakao Corp. and Naver Corp. The benchmark index gained 2.76 percent up to Thursday this month, and the total market capitalization expanded by 59.94 trillion won ($53.1 billion) to 2,300.14 trillion won over the cited period. Kospi further rose to finish Friday at 3,302.84 after passing the new milestone amid tug of war between retail profit-takers and foreign and institutional buyers. Kakao and Naver stocks drove the summer rally, with their gains in combined market value contributing to 40.8 percent or 24.47 trillion won of the total Kospi market cap expansion.


Korea United Pharm stock rally upon winning $54 mn deal to provide drugs to Mexico

Shares of Korea United Pharm Inc. rallied Monday after it won a deal to supply $54 million worth anti-cancer medicines to Mexico by 2024. The Korean drug maker signed a contract with Medimex, a medical supplies procurement company designated by the Mexican government, to supply 16 types of anti-cancer drugs to seven state-led medical institutions including the Institute of Health for Welfare (INSABI) and the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS). ‘ The Kospi-trading stock ended Monday 4.7 percent higher at 53,300 won. The company will ship a total of $54 million worth anti-cancer medicines to the country by 2024, with the first batch of $14.04 million worth drugs to be delivered this year. The Mexican government visited Korea United Pharm in March as part of the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA)’s medicine export support program in an effort to relieve the country’s medicine shortage.



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Chinese People's Daily www.people.com.cn kf@people.cn

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Sydney Morning Heraldwww.smh.com.au

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